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Calif. Bill Would Impose Penalties On Prison Cellphone Smugglers

September 08, 2011  | 

A California bill that would impose additional penalties on inmates who are caught with cellphones has passed that state's Assembly on a 74-0 vote.

The bill, which was introduced by state Sen. Alex Padilla, would impose a $5,000 fine and up to six months in jail for those who smuggle cellphones into prisons.

California inmates have been known to pay up to $1,000 for contraband cellphones to communicate with the outside world. The mobile devices have been used to organize street gangs, traffic drugs and intimidate witnesses.

Source: Los Angeles Times.

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copwriter @ 9/8/2011 8:07 PM

California is doing everything it can to reduce its prison population, paroling murderers, rapists and other violent predators as well as those convicted of lesser crimes. Is creating yet another law that requires prison time the best solution here?

Tom @ 9/16/2011 10:25 AM

Calif should contract with Joe Arpaio to take some of overload instead of releasing them back into the public. He probably has enough bologna sandwiches and tents to accommodate a few more.

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